Lay magistrates association issues warning to corrupt JPs
The Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica (LMAJ) is warning Justices of the Peace (JP) that there are serious consequences for those who breach the code of conduct.
The warning comes against the background of recent revelations that some JPs were being influenced by gangsters in the execution of their duties.
"The LMAJ condemn the action of any Justice of the Peace who allows themselves to be controlled by gangsters as this is a serious Breach of the Conduct on the office," the organisation representing JPs said in a statement.
"The collection of payment for services rendered and the sale of government documents such as passport application forms is yet another breach which will only bring the office of Justice of the Peace into question," the LMAJ added.
The LMAJ is recommending that the "strongest action" be taken against JPs who are caught engaging in such illegal practice.
At the same time, the LMAJ is urging "well-thinking and honest Jamaicans" to report JPs who engage in corrupt practices.
"The LMAJ at no time will accept Justices of the Peace within its ranks who continue to bring the office into disrepute but will seek to have such individuals removed."